Sometimes a fascinating area to explore. Yesterday I took a break from building my new shed and went for a drive to get some camera time in. I ended my drive at a place called Memerambi and its small country grave yard. Grave yards give us untold stories. There must be a fascinating story behind Nicol McNicol born Dalhousie Canada and his wife Jane born in the State of New York USA. What brought a couple such as them to a little farming community in Qld Australia….watch this space!
We have just finished hosting a Japanese exchange student. While it has been a busy time, it was an absolute joy to have two so well behaved teenage ladies in the house (I am getting soft in my age). Needless to say our daughter has made a new life friend…..
The photo – shot in RAW; converted to B&W using Silver FX Pro; applied a white vignette and then a canvas filter for some texture.
The branches holding sway in a heavy wind that smelled of rain. I have tried breaking through the thatch of branches and leaves blocking most of the sun. This day was darkening. In the distance, I see the massive fortress that is Death’s, and see the Lake of Souls floating in angel memories among the clouds. I see the birds but cannot see through the jungle of darkness to where light might be.
Bonsai is a Japanese art form using trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years. The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity. By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food or for medicine. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.
Concentration has been defined as “the ability to direct one’s thinking in whatever direction one would intend”. We all have the ability to concentrate some of the time. To concentrate, we have to learn a skill, and as with any skill this means practice repeated day after day until we achieve enough improvement to feel that we can concentrate when we need to. Is this why most people stare at a phone?